The word ‘Dalit’ is not encircled by the caste system. Is that why? It seems so.
Let’s not forget that in India, people adopted the word ‘Hindu’ – even though it was given by outsiders – so that the caste system could work as a religion. Whatever objections we may have to that, we still have to understand it as the generosity of India’s spirit.
Now the fact that India’s hundreds of taḷa (marginalised) communities – those who are cast aside, broken; who don’t accept the four-fold varna system; the fragmented and the scattered – are calling themselves ‘Dalit’ has made the Central government see red.
Why is the Central government so resentful? I don’t understand this. The word ‘Dalit’ is not encircled by the caste system. Is that why? It seems so.Continue reading “Devanoora Mahadeva: Why does the word ‘Dalit’ make the Government so Resentful?”